Libya rebels to look at Africa plan, Gaddafi must go

BENGHAZI, Libya, April 11 Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:18am EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya, April 11 (Reuters) - Rebels based in east Libya will look at an African Union-backed plan aimed at ending a conflict but insist that leader Muammar Gaddafi must leave office, a rebel spokesman said on Monday.

"The Libyan people have made it very clear that Gaddafi must step down, but we will consider the proposal once we have more details, and respond," spokesman Mustafa Gheriani told Reuters.

He was speaking before the arrival of an African Union delegation in the eastern Libyan stronghold of Benghazi.

Gheriani said he was surprised by comments from South African President Jacob Zuma suggesting he would not travel with other African leaders to Benghazi. "We are wondering why President Zuma is not coming," Gheriani said.

Zuma had met Gaddafi in Tripoli. (Reporting by Michael Georgy; Writing by Edmund Blair in Cairo)